The UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine requires the transfer of prisoners from the occupied Crimea to the territory of the mainland Ukraine, Chairman of the mission Fiona Fraser stated at the briefing on March 15 in Kyiv, a QHA correspondent reports.

"The authorities in the Crimea are torturing prisoners, brutally treat them in order to knock out the testimony they need, or transferring prisoners to the territory of the Russian Federation and put pressure on lawyers for their professional activities," Fraser said.

She drew attention to the fact that during three years of the Russian occupation of the peninsula, prisoners who were convicted under Ukrainian law are still serving their sentences in the Crimea.

"We demand the transfer of those prisoners who want from the Crimea to the territory of the mainland Ukraine, and we urge the Ombudsmen of Ukraine and the Russian Federation to continue cooperation on this matter," Fraser concluded.

Earlier, the UN Monitoring Mission reported about 130 civilian casualties in the East of Ukraine for the period from November 16, 2016 to February 15, 2017.

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